Time for weekend calendar picks from KC Studio editor Alice Thorson! This weekend is your last chance to see KC Meltingpot Theatre‘s production of Ain’t No Such Thing as Midnight Black at Just Off Broadway Theatre, closing June 9th. This evening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, join curator Leesa Fanning for a talk celebrating the publication Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art. Stop by the opening reception of the 2018 KC Flatfile & Digitalfile exhibition at H&R Block Artspace, on view through July. Saturday night, experience the thrill of the Kansas City marble tournament and enjoy free admission all day at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Saturday and Sunday, Owen/Cox Dance Group performs Ludus Tonalis at White Recital Hall. For more events this weekend visit Kansas City’s most comprehensive arts calendar at kcstudio.org/events.
May 25, 2018 – June 9, 2018 | $17.25 – $27.50
Just Off Broadway Theatre
KCMPT presents an original stage play by local playwright, Lewis J. Morrow at Just Off Broadway Theatre.
June 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Free
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Join curator Leesa Fanning for a talk celebrating the publication Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art. Fanning will discuss works of art from around the world though multiple thematic lenses. The talk will demonstrate that the need to address life’s fundamental questions is both innate and ongoing.
After the talk, purchase your copy of the publication and visit the section of Unexpected Encounters themed to complement this rich topic.
June 8, 2018 – July 29, 2018
H&R Block Artspace
A signature Artspace event, the 2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile is the 9th project in this popular biennial series. The Flatfile offers a uniquely intimate art viewing experience and a chance to discover new works by emerging and established Kansas City-based artists. Art lovers are invited to peruse flatfile cabinets filled with over 200 custom-made artist portfolios holding an excitingly diverse range of flat works, and a screening station will feature time-based works included in the Digitalfile. Guest curators will be invited to curate salon walls and queues each month, creating a dynamic and ever-changing experience.
The 2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile is a part of Open Spaces Expanded Field, and will feature over 200 regional artists, with several Open Spaces artists including: Shawn Bitters, Martin Cail, Jill Downen, Rashawn Griffin, Tanya Hartman, Trey Hock, Anthony Marcos Rea, Karen McCoy, Dylan Mortimer, Michael Schonhoff, Sike Style Industries (Phil Schaffer), and Jillian Youngbird.
Opening reception is Friday, June 8 from 6 – 8 p.m.
June 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Free
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Experience the thrill of marble competition! Contestants ages 9-15 will play at least two games of marbles in the tournament and take home special prizes. Each “mibster” (marble player) must submit an entry form by email, mail, or at the museum’s information desk. Space is limited to 64 mibsters; submit your entry form today: bit.ly/KCMarble. If you’re too old (or young) to knuckle down in the tournament, enjoy free admission to The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures from 9am to 4pm. Explore the museum with an exciting scavenger hunt, then enjoy marble activities in the galleries and marble races on the lawn. Bring your friends and family for this free day of marble fun.
June 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
June 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
White Recital Hall
Owen/Cox Dance Group and pianist Kairy Koshoeva (2004 Rachmaninov Gold Medalist) will present their original dance work to Paul Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis (play of tones). Deemed “a remarkable accomplishment” by Floyd Gingrich in his review of the group’s 2015 premiere, the choreography carefully reflects Hindemith’s masterful counterpoint. The program will also feature a world premiere dance work to 7 Fantasien, Op. 116 by Johannes Brahms.